PeacePlayers International – South Africa (PPI – SA), PPI’s affiliate in Durban, is an independently registered charity (NPO No: 024-786-NPO / PBO No: 930023713) that was founded in 2001 with the goal of promoting peaceful coexistence among white, black, Indian and coloured children, while providing a positive extracurricular outlet and leadership opportunities for those from disadvantaged communities. By offering long-term, equitable basketball programming, peace education, and leadership training, PPI – SA helps young people carve out a safe and successful path in a society burdened by the impact of HIV/AIDS, unemployment, crime, and strong cultural divides. Explains Nasiphi Khafu, former PPI - SA participant, “Sport is family. When you play, you have no strangers. Everyone has a common goal... I remember when everything [bad] was going on in my life, the only thing that made me feel better was a basketball in my hand. It was my world.”
Since the launch of the program, PPI – SA has:
- Positively impacted over 28,000 youth, 96% of whom come from underserved communities.
- Trained more than 300 young adults as peer educators and mentors, many of whom have gone on to higher education or become successfully employed.
- Partnered with 39 local schools and NGOs such as Save the Children, Zoe Life and LIV Village – an organization that places parentless children in families where they receive unconditional love, spiritual discipleship, care and nurturing.
Note: PPI-SA has been granted Section 18(A) status with the South African Revenue Services (SARS) that allows all PPI-SA funders to claim a deduction from personal or corporate taxable income up to a maximum of 10% on annual taxable income.